RAWALPINDI: With the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic forcing the federal government to limit folks to their houses within the garrison metropolis, it has additionally taken a toll on lots of of animals housed within the pet outlets with many dying whereas others had been on the verge of hunger.
Nonetheless, the district administration later allowed them to open the shops for temporary durations to feed the animals.
The Alam Khan Highway in Rawalpindi, which as soon as echoed with the sounds of chirping birds, barking canines and purring cats, fell silent after the Punjab authorities imposed a basic lockdown throughout the province within the wake of Covid-19 outbreak.
The notification issued by the federal government directed all outlets within the metropolis to shut, besides these promoting meals and medicines. The pet store homeowners on Alam Khan Highway had little choice however to conform and bear the lack of enterprise like others.
The 40 outlets on Alam Highway home completely different species of birds, each native and imported, corresponding to unique parrots, pigeons, sparrows, roosters in addition to cats and canines, moreover unique fish are apprehensive for the well-being of those creatures.
Owing to the lockdown, the caretakers have been unable to offer feed and water to those pets on time, because of which dozens of animals died of hunger and dehydration, multiplying the loss confronted by the homeowners of those shops.
The shopkeepers stated that at this level they had been extra involved about saving the animals that are left alive slightly than calculating what they’ve misplaced.
Those that haven’t been in a position to shift the housed animals to their villages or to open fields within the suburban areas earlier than the lockdown lastly got here out in teams on Thursday to quench thirst and supply meals to these caged behind the rolling shutters.
Many shopkeepers partially pulled the shutters of their outlets up. Some went inside to feed the birds and animals whereas others stood to look at outdoors.
Police initially tried to tug the shutters down because the pet outlets weren’t amongst these exempted through the partial-curfew, however later allowed them to open their outlets with half-shutters as much as feed their animals for a couple of minutes and depart.
Since then, the shopkeepers stated they’re a bit relieved as no extra animals will die of starvation or thirst.
Iqbal and Fahad, who run pet outlets on Alam Khan Highway, instructed the Categorical Tribune that the district administration has allowed them to briefly open their outlets to care for his or her animals and birds.
The shop homeowners asserted that they might not have confronted an enormous loss if the district administration thought-about this side when imposing the lockdown.
Nonetheless, Iqbal stated that he felt comforted that to any extent further, it won’t occur once more.
“We at the moment are opening our outlets two instances a day to feed the animals.
We’re not doing any enterprise, solely feeding those which require meals and water, identical to us people,” Fahad stated.
He added that those that promote aquariums and fish don’t face the identical state of affairs as them the fish can survive simply if they’re fed even as soon as in two days, supplied the air-pumps and filters of aquarium maintain working.
Fahad stated that in contrast to fish, different pets require meals and water at the least twice a day. “We will now make sure they get it.”
Nonetheless, the closure of the outlets and opening for a quick interval has additionally raised hygiene points within the outlets and their rapid environment.
The cages of animals couldn’t be cleaned and it could trigger the animals to fall sick.
Consequently, the complete space has been engulfed in a putrid odour. The shopkeepers have demanded the administration to spray disinfectants within the outlets each day through the pandemic.
Printed in The Categorical Tribune, March 27th, 2020.